Coast Guard Searches for Four People in Two Boating Incidents

CHICAGO – U.S. Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor and Coast Guard Station (small) Chicago searched for four people in two unrelated boating incidents on Sunday.

At 9:17 a.m., Station Calumet Harbor received notification that a 15-foot fishing vessel capsized at mile marker 321 on the Calumet River. The initial report was that two individuals were hanging on to the side of the boat.

The station’s 25-foot response boat and the Chicago Fire Department’s helicopter arrived on scene and commenced searching for the two people. The Chicago Police Marine Unit joined the search and has recovered one male at this time. The search is ongoing for the second individual.

“We responded to the report, arrived on scene and conducted our search in conjunction with Chicago Police and Fire,” said Chief Petty Officer David Allen, Executive Petty Officer of Station Calumet Harbor.

In the second case, Station Chicago assisted in the search and recovery of two individuals that fell overboard in DuSable Harbor in downtown Chicago.

The station’s 25-foot response boat arrived on scene to assist the Chicago Police Department’s Marine Unit 5 in the search. One individual was recovered by a good samaritan and the other was recovered by the police marine unit. Both were transferred to awaiting Emergency Medical Services.

None of the individuals involved in either case were wearing their lifejackets. The Coast Guard would like to remind the boating public that boat operators must have a Coast Guard-approved lifejacket for every member on board their vessel. The Coast Guard suggests boaters go a step further and wear the life jacket at all times when on the water. There is often little or no time to reach for a stowed lifejacket when an accident occurs.

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